Monday, December 9, 2013

Signature Holiday Cocktails and Party Punch!!

Holiday party 's are best when served with a signature party drink!! Here are some of my favorites from my bar tending days! I love to mix up a punch for a larger party or some fun drinks if just having a few friends. Now cocktails can be packed full of calories so I tried to lighten them up a bit and not kill the holiday "spirit"!!

Simple syrup is a mix of white sugar and water so I was thinking I sweeten my tea with honey why not use it in my drinks!!

Say hello to honey simple syrup!!


Honey Simple Syrup

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Honey Simple Syrup
 Ingredients
  • ¼ cup honey (Raw is best)
  • ¼ cup filtered water
Instructions
  1. Place both honey and water into a medium saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium, stirring or swirling just until the honey dissolves.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Store in an airtight container in fridge.
Notes
This can easily be cut in half, or doubled. Or tripled. (You get the picture.)

Chic Holiday Cocktail Favorites 

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Gingerbread Apple Cocktail
2 oz. Domaine de Canton or ginger-flavored liqueur
1 oz. vanilla vodka
2.5 oz. apple cider
A few drops of lemon juice
Orange zest
honey simple syrup







Line a chilled martini glass lightly with honey simple syrup on a dish followed by spiced graham cracker crumbs. Place all ingredients except for orange zest in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into glass. Freshly grate orange zest on drink and serve immediately.


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Both ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks believed basil could open the gates of heaven. The good news is we don't have to wait until our souls leave our bodies to enjoy basil's sensitive warmth and subtle sweetness.

4 parts  Vodka
3 parts fresh lime juice
3 fresh basil sprigs
4 tsp. honey simple syrup
Soda water

Muddle the basil and honey syrup  in a highball glass. Fill with ice, add vodka and lime juice, and stir. Finish with a dash of soda and garnish with a sprig of basil.

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French Martini
1.5 oz vodka
1/2 oz Chambord
2 oz. Organic Pure pineapple juice

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge or a leaf from the pineapple for a sleek modern look.

 


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Winter Mojito
8-10 mint leaves
6-8 cranberries
1/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1 1/2 oz. honey simple syrup
1 3/4 oz. 10 Cane Rum (No Bacardi!! Cane rum is better)

Mix ingredients in a cocktails shaker with ice and shake vigorously. The cranberries will deliver the reddish color as they break open during the shaking. Strain the contents into a tall highball glass that contains fresh ice. Add a few whole cranberries. Garnish with a mint sprig.


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Holiday Cocktail

Cranberry Spice
1 oz. Domaine de Canton or ginger-flavored liqueur
1/2 oz. Cabernet Sauvignon
1/2 oz. Chambord
2 oz. cranberry juice

Shake well with ice. Use 3 cranberries for garnish


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Clean Flirtini



The Flirtini
1 1/2 oz. Grey Goose L'Orange
1 oz. organic Pure pineapple juice
Splash of Champagne

Serve in a martini glass. Once poured, finish with Champagne. 










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Holiday Party Punch
Yuletide Punch
750 ml Vodka
4 cups Chi tea (sweetened according to taste with honey)
4 cups clear apple juice (100% juice)
2 whole orange cut in slices
2 whole red apples cut in slices
1-2 tsp. orange bitters (optional)

16 servings




For a Christmas Brunch

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Poinsettia

Poinsettia
Half Champagne half Cranberry Juice

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Holiday Brunch Martini

Bloody Martini This cocktail is perfect for a holiday brunch!

1.5 oz. Belvedere Cytrus
Dash honey simple syrup
Dash lemon juice
Dash Tabasco
6 cherry tomatoes

In a shaker glass, muddle tomatoes with the lemon juice and simple syrup. Add rest of ingredients and shake with cubed ice. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a cherry tomato speared with a basil leaf.


New Years Eve
 
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Pretty Cocktail

 Tinsel Bellini  
2 oz. HPNOTIQ
1 oz. limoncello
1 oz. Champagne
Splash of lime juice

Rim the Champagne flute with a light coat of sugar. Pour chilled HPNOTIQ, limoncello, and Champagne into the champagne flute. Add a splash of lime juice.


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Party Punch

Royal Pomme Punch
1/4 bottle Dubonnet Rouge
12 oz. apple brandy (such as Laird's Bonded or Calvados)
24 dashes of  bitters
3 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice
12 oz. Champagne

 
Add Dubonnet, apple brandy, orange juice, and bitters to a pitcher filled with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled punch bowl. Garnish with a block of ice. Top with champagne and serve
 

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Champagne Toast

Ruby Sipper
This modern beverage lends itself perfectly to being the signature cocktail at a holiday gathering or to putting a spin on the traditional New Year's toast.
1 1/4 oz. citrus vodka
3/4 oz. peach liqueur
2 oz. white cranberry juice (100% juice)
1 1/2 oz. Barefoot Bubbly Premium Extra Dry Champagne
Pomegranate seeds

Place spoonful of pomegranate seeds in a chilled martini glass. In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, peach liqueur, and white cranberry juice with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into chilled martini glass. Top with Barefoot Bubbly and serve.

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New Years toast
 Chambord & Champagne
2 1/2 oz. Chambord
Champagne
Raspberries, for garnish

Add Chambord to bottom of flute glass and top with champagne. Drop in a raspberry for garnish. Quick and easy but glamorous all the same.


To make a punch really party pretty make a ice ring!! It is super easy to do and creates a big WOW for your guests plus it keeps your drinks cool for the party!!

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Holiday Ice Ring


Ingredients:
1 large freezer-safe Bundt® pan or ring mold
1 12-oz. bag of Ocean Spray® Fresh Cranberries
Fresh mint leaves, if desired
Water *

 
Directions:
Rinse cranberries in cold water. Drain.

Fill pan 1/2 inch to 1 inch deep with water. Place on even surface in freezer and freeze until solid. Remove pan from freezer. Add an additional 1/4 inch water over the ice surface. Arrange cranberries and mint leaves in desired pattern then return pan to freezer. Once set, add an additional 1/2 inch to 1 inch of water and freeze until solid.

Note: Cranberries float, so if you add all the water at once, the cranberries will float to the surface. When you unmold the frozen ring, the decoration will be on the bottom of the ring.

To unmold, run briefly under warm water to loosen.

* Note: Ice ring can also be made with pre made Drink of punch instead of water so it doesn't lose its flavor!!
 
Happy Holidays!! Enjoy!!
Enjoy fun Holiday Drinks
 
 
 
Remember the key is to plan out your drinks,  for every cocktail have a glass of water.
Everything in moderation!!
For more tips or help with your Holiday Clean party message me s_bucuren@hotmail.com
Happy Holidays!! Enjoy!!
 
Sara Stakeley
 

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